Capella University values the knowledge you bring to your degree program. Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program allows you to earn credit when you demonstrate relevant, college-level knowledge gained through:
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning recently found that graduation rates are two and a half times higher for students with prior learning credit.
There are two ways to earn credit through Capella's Prior Learning Assessment process:
Demonstrate your degree from knowledge of Capella course competencies through a written assessment. Describe how you've learned the concepts and how you applied that knowledge. A Capella faculty expert will then review the completed petition to determine if credit should be awarded. A free Prior Learning Assessment is available to offer step-by-step guidance through the development of your petition.
Capella values the knowledge you’ve demonstrated by earning your industry recognized professional certifications. Our academic experts have evaluated select certifications that are relevant to our degree programs and reflect learning that aligns with Capella’s competency-based curriculum. Submission of documented credit materials is a streamlined process, as your knowledge has already been assessed through attaining your certification.
More than 100 certifications have been evaluated against Capella’s curriculum. Certifications commonly reviewed for PLA credit at Capella include:
Your enrollment counselor is a valuable resource for any questions you may have regarding Documented Credit.
Capella University delivered as promised. The university's commitment of excellence to its learners was exemplified in the Prior Learning Assessment process from beginning to end.Michael Ross,Graduate of MS in Information Systems and Technology Management
Let's say you're well into your career, and you've already earned a certification recognized by Capella, such as your CCNA. You decide to enroll in a bachelor’s program at Capella. By going through the documented credit process, you earn 12 quarter credits for the knowledge demonstrated by your certification. Next — based on the knowledge and experience you've gained during your career — you decide to submit two petitions demonstrating your mastery of the competencies for two courses in your program. The petitions are reviewed by faculty experts and approved, resulting in 12 additional credits. These 24 total credits would save you approximately $7,800 and move your graduation date up by about one year.
PLA is available when the following criteria are met:
Your enrollment counselor can help you determine if you are eligible for our Prior Learning Assessment. Email us, or call 1.866.679.9682 to learn more.
View Capella's Prior Learning Assessment policy.
Fees for Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fees are charged to evaluate and award academic credit for the knowledge you've demonstrated. Reference the tuition and fees page in the Capella course catalog for current PLA assessment fees. Residents of Washington may receive credit through our prior learning assessment only in the bachelor's and MBA programs.